Jul 12, 2011 7:00am PDT
. >> neither side budged at the meeting that followed so let's bring in jake tapper and jon karl from capitol hill. jon, they tried to work on a smaller reduction deal but that didn't go much better. >> reporter: the divide is as deep as ever. they outlined 1.7trillion cuts, not enough but democrats called it completely unacceptable because it included cuts to medicare and no tax revenue increases. steny hoyer said he couldn't get a senior democratic vote for a plan. >> that means that it couldn't pass. courthouse have any idnew ideas >> reporter: they're pushing for the big deal, a lot of pain at one, entitle tks. president obama outlined the plan and said, you can't expect seniors to give up $500 when you went own ask for $5 from people like me. wealthy individuals. >> jon, the leader mitchell mcconnell is looking at a contingency plan which could be a short-term extension. >> reporter: he's tight-lipped about what they mean. they could give him a chance to accept that which he ruled out or one with no tax increases. >> the president very clear on that. >> reporter: he said he's not signin
Jun 30, 2011 5:30pm PDT
. >> reporter: jon huntsman? >> he's refreshingly kind of -- comes across as non-ideological. conservative, but practical. i think governor romney's doing a better job as a candidate this time than he did four years ago. i'm not surprised by how well michele bachmann's done. i've been watching her speak. she comes across as a real person. >> reporter: ever the political junkie. jake tapper, abc news, chicago. >>> and one of the reasons michele bachmann comes across as a real person is because she's willing to share so much about her personal life. last night, she opened up about suffering a miscarriage, a first for a presidential candidate. abc's sharyn alfonsi has more on the candidate who is putting her family's struggles and joys at the center of her campaign. >> reporter: it happened at a packed town hall meeting in south carolina. >> after our second chchd was born, we became pregnant with a third baby. and it was an unexpected baby, but of course we were delighted to have this child. and the child was coming along, and we ended up losing that child. >>>>eporter: the crowd stood still
Jul 26, 2011 7:00am PDT
and jon karl have been tracking it. let's start with jake. >> reporter: last night aftete their primetime addresses, house speaker john boehner was overheard saying he didn't sign up to go mano a mano with the president of the united states after the president called for congress to compromise. the president spoke sternly to the american people last night blaming house republicans, especially freshmen, for holding up a debt deal. >> the only reason this balanced approach isn't on its way to becoming law right now is because a significant number of republicans in congress are insisting on a different approach. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner responded by saying that the president wants to continue his rampant spending. >> the president often said we need a balanced approach, which in washington means, we spend morerend you pay more. >> reporter: right now there a a two competing bills, to raise the debt ceiling and reduce the deficit. a house one that likely cannot pass the senate and a a nate one that cannot likely pass the house. both raise the debt ceiling, cut more than $1 tril
Jul 25, 2011 6:00pm PDT
. i want to bring in our capitol hill correspondent jon karl right now. we'll hear from speaker boehner in just a minute and the speaker has already made it clear he can't sign on to the president's grand compromise that would include some tax revenue increases, but now what he is nonowilling to do, the p plan h called for today, is extend th debt limit beyond about six months. >> reporter: that's right, and this comes, george, as the speaker is increasingly confident that he has the votes to pass his plan in the house and, in fact, they believe that will put pressure on the senate to bring it up, so you are right now at a point where the republicans feel maybe for the first time in a while on this that they haha the upper hand here, that they can get through the plan, their r version of th plan, and it would require the president to come back for another debt ceiling early next year. >> the president clearly hoping that by going to the public he'll be able to put pressure on those rubs, but is there a chance it could backfire and unify those house republicans? >> reporter: you'